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Everyone has a sense that eating fresh local food can feel better than imported food…but why? What’s the difference between a green bean from the grocery store versus one that is grown from a farm/fresh food supplier in Toronto? While there may be plenty of Ontario-grown fruits and vegetables at your grocery store (and these are probably just delicious!) buying farm-fresh produce in the GTA is a whole different experience. Not only can it provide better taste and the health benefits associated with a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables, but it also has other benefits, including to the local economy.


On average, food bought at the grocery store travels 2,500 km before it arrives there. It needs to be harvested early to avoid spoilage. It very often must be refrigerated immediately and sometimes needs to be packed with preservatives to prevent it from spoiling along the journey. Unfortunately, once the produce has been harvested, it begins to lose its nutritional value. The longer it travels and sits on the shelf, the less valuable it is to our bodies (generally, the more heat, light and oxygen exposure, the faster the reduction in fresh produce nutrient levels). When you buy local food, straight from the farm, you can be sure that your produce is packed with nutrition and free from preservatives.


There’s nothing like the satisfaction of knowing your food is fresh, in its best state, and from a source you trust.  But in addition, when you buy food that is locally grown, you support the economy of your community. Buying farm-fresh foods in Toronto helps local farm businesses thrive and creates local jobs. Plus, you help ensure that the local farms will remain a staple in your community for years to come. Even if a few of the product cost a little more upfront, the long-term benefits and quality of food can be well worth the few extra dollars. Buying local food is an investment in the future.


Local farmers try to provide a variety of products throughout the harvesting seasons and are not limited by the restrictions of shipping and long shelf-life. Locally grown fruits and vegetables are usually harvested on the day or week they are sold, which means you get to enjoy the captured freshness and flavour.


Another benefit of picking farm-fresh food in Toronto is that you and your family can enjoy the experience together. Picking berries, beans, peas, and other vegetables together is a great source of exercise, it creates awareness for children about where their food comes from, and it’s lots of fun for parents and children alike. When children pick their own produce, it might even encourage them to eat more fruits and vegetables!


Robintide Farms is the place to go if you want to pick your own fruits and vegetables this year. We are a family-owned farm, and for over 50 years we have provided farm-fresh food and agricultural products, as well as horse breeding, training, and boarding services to our customers in the GTA.

When you visit our farm, you can pick your own strawberries, raspberries and in-season vegetables, such as green beans, yellow beans, green peas, snow peas, beets, potatoes, kale, swiss chard, and radishes. Along with our farm-fresh produce in the summer, we also provide horse boarding services all year-round.

Robintide Farms is the perfect place to take your family on weekends or even weekdays to show them where their food comes from, how it is produced, and what its benefits are. If are looking for farm-fresh products near you, then come and pick your own food at our farm or contact us for more info!

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